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160pp deluxe full colour hardback
ISBN: 978-0953522729


The Book of Leviathan


“One of the greatest, weirdest things I’ve ever stared at” Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons

Peter Blegvad’s cult comic strip Leviathan ran for seven years in The Independent on Sunday review. It was memorably described by Simpsons creator Matt Groening as “one of the greatest, weirdest things I’ve ever stared at”. Quirky and referential, dark and droll, by turn, Blegvad’s cartoons are indeed unlike anything else in print.

The Book of Leviathan assembles the cream of Levi and Cat’s adventures in a 160pp hardback – startlingly produced, with flat-bound, mirrored cover boards and full colour printing throughout. It is an object to treasure, and a snip at its original price of £12.99.

For an online introduction to the delights of Leviathan, check out this interactive Leviathan page.

Peter Blegvad is a polymath – a writer, cartooonist, and, most often a musician. He was a founding member of the avant-pop band Slapp Happy (“the Douanier Rousseau of rock’n’roll”), and has played and recorded with  Faust, The Golden Palominos, John Greaves, Andy Partridge, and others, as well as recording a half dozen solo albums. Born in New York, he lives, like Leviathan, in Shepherds Bush. He conducts writing courses at Warwick University and is president of the British Institute for Pataphysics, which in 2012 published an interview-biography of Blegvad entitled The Bleaching Stream.

Blegvad’s lyrics are a treasure house of word games and rhyming schemes, and include (on the album Kew. Rhone.) one of the world’s longest grammatically correct palindromes: Peel’s foe not a set animal laminates a tone of sleep.

Here is Peter Blegvad’s Wiki page, including a discography. And here are a couple of treats: an interactive Leviathan page and Peter’s own Amateur website, including his Milk Museum and a wonderful sequence called ‘Imagined, Observed, Remembered’.

Oh – and here are two of his best songs – Daughter and Gold – on YouTube, posted unofficially, so buy the book to justify the piracy.